03.30.12

Prince of Persia's Jordan Mechner finds a cache of his original code -- in his father's closet.

Oh that's where those were! Jordan Mechner, creator of Prince of Persia, recently stumbled upon an amazing cache of goodies via his father:

The carton arrived yesterday. My jaw dropped when I saw what was inside.

No, I don’t mean the stacks of Spanish Drosoft versions of POP and Karateka (though those are cool too, especially if you have an Amstrad computer with a cassette player). I mean those three little plastic 3.5″ disk boxes nestled among them… which appear to contain the ORIGINAL APPLE II SOURCE CODE OF PRINCE OF PERSIA that I’ve been searching for, off and on, for the past ten years, pestering everyone from Doug Carlston to Danny Gorlin and everyone who ever worked at Broderbund, and finally gave up hope of ever finding.

Phew! But on a more serious note, we talked a bit about preservation yesterday and while we're happy that Mechner retrieved a piece of gaming history, it does make you wonder how many more treasures are sitting neglected in parents' closets here and there. Spring cleaning!

[via Techcrunch]